jamie goode's wine blog: A really nice southern Rhone

Monday, April 20, 2009

A really nice southern Rhone

Two Southern Rhone reds from a forward-thinking property, Domaine du Mourchon in Seguret. The 2007 Tradition really impressed: modern but lovely.

Domaine de Mourchon Séguret Tradition 2007 Côtes du Rhône Villages, France
14.5% alcohol, unoaked. A beautiful expression of the southern Rhône, this is a deep coloured wine with lovely sweet, dark cherry, blackberry and plum fruit aromatics, as well as hints of meat and spice. The palate shows lovely sweet, vivid fruit, but with added meat and pepper complexity, adding a deliciously savoury counter to the ripe fruit. It’s dense and well structured, but lush and smooth at the same time. Really successful: modern but interesting, with plenty of non-fruit complexity. 91/100

Domaine de Mourchon Séguret Grande Resérve 2006 Côtes du Rhône Villages, France
15% alcohol, 40% aged in oak for 10 months. Deep coloured, this is a bit of a beast of a wine. The nose shows intense, slightly reduced spicy dark fruits. The palate is intense with high alcohol and firm tannins creating quite an astringent base, over which the ripe, sweet fruit is layered. It’s a big, intense, rather ungainly wine with lots of everything, and a bit of a mouth-drying finish. While it would work well with the right sort of food, it doesn’t have the appeal or drinkability of the 2007 Tradition. Perhaps it will pull together in time. 88/100



At 7:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am always on the lookout for Southern Rhone wines that don't tar the mouth with over-done oak. Can you recommend any suppliers for these wines?

At 8:05 PM, Anonymous Robert McIntosh said...

I was going to say the same thing - are they available in the UK? If so, through whom? Sound interesting wines


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